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Okay, before we dive into the stunning interior design work and jaw-dropping thrifting skills of Mr. Goodwill Hunting (aka Rashon Carraway), I have to comment on his killer wardrobe.


So sophisticated! So suave! (And handsome, too, yes?) Rashon told me, “My dress definitely influences my interior design style. I believe most people can have a comfortable space if they create a home that directly resembles their wardrobe.” Let’s take a look at his living room, shall we?


One of my favorite aspects of the blog Mr. Goodwill Hunting is that Rashon not only shares the treasures he finds for his clients, he also shares decor updates and design ideas from his own home. His love of interior design and repurposed decor is instantly evident in his living room. What a stunning space. What was once an outdated, striped sofa, Rashon reupholstered for a fresh, contemporary look. And while Rashon says his living room is “in process”, I think it looks magnificent as is.

Table Lamp before and after - Mr. Goodwill Hunting - Rashon Carraway - HGTV Design Happens

Then there’s Mr. Goodwill Hunting’s gift for turning a $10 thrift store sofa or $2 yard sale table lamp into a work of art. I hardly ever get lucky on my trips to Goodwill, but he manages to always walk out with something special, either for his clients or his own posh space. And as a sucker for before-and-after makeovers, I can’t get over his talent for upcycling furniture and accessories.


Photo (right) via Studio Ten 25

While it’s hard for me to imagine what something covered in crud could look like with a little TLC, Mr. Goodwill Hunting can sort through piles of flea market or salvage stuff and come out with the perfect piece, clean it up, paint it and turn it into the coffee table’s newest focal point. This horse head is brilliant (and could totally fit into my equestrian-inspired blog post, too). And guess what – Rashon says his favorite places to go thrifting are non-cities. “There are tons of pieces waiting to be discovered that are hidden in decade-old homes and small towns,” he shared. (By the way, his blog is packed with helpful thrifting tips.)

I asked Rashon about the point in his life when he knew he truly loved interior design. He said, “When I started college in 2002, I had my own space and wanted my personal style to be part of every aspect of my life. So, after watching HGTV and being hooked on various design shows, I started visiting my local thrift stores and began personalizing my college dorm and pretty much every space after that.” And while he doesn’t remember specifics about the first thrifting trip that really sparked his passion for repurposed design, he credits his desire to update and personalize his wardrobe on a tight budget with really getting the ball rolling.


The Nate Berkus Show

In case you didn’t know, Mr. Goodwill Hunting is officially of celebrity status in the design world. During his recent feature on The Nate Berkus Show, he took on a time-crunching, penny-pinching design challenge. Can you believe that most of the items in this New Jersey living room were thrifted or restored? Plus, the entire room was done on a $300 budget! Now, that’s my kind of makeover. With his keen eye for deals and potential, he nabbed six of these cane-back armchairs at a Manhattan Salvation Army store for a whopping $100, gave them a conservative facelift and voila! (To see Rashon in action, check out the budget-friendly makeover and big reveal.)

By the way, if your home is in need of a budget-friendly design intervention, Mr. Goodwill Hunting recently launched a new design service … via Skype. Rashon provides an economical inspiration board with fabric swatches, paint samples and items sourced from your local thrift store, secondhand shop or online source for a one room/one hour flat rate.

So, Mr. Goodwill Hunting, if you ever happen to pass through Knoxville, Tenn., you have a guaranteed shopping companion here. (I’m sure all the HGTV staffers would fight me on that.)

And from all of us at HGTV Design Happens…Happy Birthday, Mr. Goodwill Hunting!

46 Responses

  1. Janis says:

    Love this story!!! I am always amazed at what others can do with pieces others have cast off! Once again, I am inspired! And Mr. Goodwill Hunting, I would gleefully join you and Kayla on a thrifting adventure in Knoxville:)

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  3. @MrGWHunting says:

    I certainly appreciate you guys for featuring me. It feels great to know thrifting is not just a trend

    Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting

  4. J&JHome says:

    He is absolutely amazing and kind too. His style is impeccable and I'm so excited to see all his successes.

  5. Janette@the2seasons says:

    I just discovered your blog via Mr. Goodwill Hunting. Drop by and see us at the2seasons.com

  6. Bryn says:

    I adore Mr. GW!!! He is awesome.

    The horse head image you posted is the work of another designer and friend of mine, Abbe and can be found here: http://studioten25.com/. Here is a picture of Mr. GW's horse head: http://bit.ly/mQUS5s. I just wanted to make sure Abbe was correctly credited.

    Other than that minor detail, great article!

  7. Kayla@HGTV says:

    Leah – If I'm ever in Huntington Beach, I will definitely be making a stop by your store! I'm glad you enjoyed the post, too.

  8. Amber Interiors says:

    Mr GW Hunting is a talented sweet heart. He participated I a series on my blog called " one room two ways" where he gave me images of two examples of the same room using different accessories ect. You should all go check it out:) great article! <a href="http://Www.amberinteriordesign.blogspot.com” target=”_blank”>Www.amberinteriordesign.blogspot.com

  9. Classy and sophisticated living room colors. Another person who follows the "good design doesn't have to cost a fortune" philosophy. Visit my site to see some of my own creative and frugal design and decorating ideas.

    • Kayla@HGTV says:

      I totally agree! I love that I can make my home look completely glamorous without breaking the bank. Budget-friendly decorating ideas are always amazing!

  10. *clapping like a wild woman* I love some Rashon Carraway! His personality is just as fab as his work. Gotta love a guy who's awesome, but acts like it's no big deal. So stinkin' modest. Thanks for the featuring him Kayla et al. He's a rock star!

Kayla KittsKayla is a special projects editor at HGTV.com and a co-editor-in-chief for Design Happens. Kayla is an overbearing cat mom with a love for vintage-modern furniture, artisan cocktails, organizing all...


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